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cutting weeds/grass on dam
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:28:00 PM »
Hey, all, need some advice on inexpensive (but not necessarily "cheap") equipment to cut the top slope of my dam and areas around the ponds on the land. Too steep a slope to tractor or use a mower of any kind that I have. Been looking at boom mowers but would need a much bigger tractor than I have now- wasted money for me. Also seen some pull-behinds and flail mowers that would work on one of my smaller tractors so I wouldn't have to take the backhoe off my biggest one.

Ideas? Suggestions? Leads? and using hand tools is pretty much out of the question. Not that my age is the problem (yeah, right) but I tore a part of my rotator cuff and it's healing real, real slow. May not get full function back in that arm, darn it.

Oh, I can't just kill everything with Roundup- dam would erode away. I did try a really risky technique a few years ago: launch my smallest tractor with bushhog over the edge of the dam and hand on for deal life as I careened down the face into the roll out at the bottom. Tedious, too, as I could only cut 4' wide at a time. Wife didn't like it for some reason...

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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 09:35:13 PM »
If I remember right one of the other members would use some pipe hooked to his tractor bucket and suspend an old push mower from the pipe to mow around his pond. Is there any chance of getting a picture of the area ? If you used long enough pipe and had multiple attachment points you could mow as far as the pipe is long.
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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 12:55:18 AM »
I'm making one now...

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 07:08:40 AM »
2, 4-D Amine will kill the leafy weeds, Sweetgums, etc. and leave the grass.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2017, 04:38:38 PM »



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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2017, 07:59:55 PM »
My daughter has the goats in the family but they stay on her side of the creek.

Kbietz: I love the design but there seems to be something missing? Or is it just me?

I actually thought of a slightly more elaborate version of this design, using front and rear mounted pipes tied to one of the old riding mowers siting in the barn now- bought a zero-turn last summer, something I should have done years ago for the few acres we keep cut. As to the riding mower suspended down slope- I need a way of shortening or lengthening both front and back connectors the same amount without having to jump off the tractor every time. Ideas?

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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2017, 10:55:31 PM »
How often does the area need to be cut?  Maybe hire it out to someone with a weed wacker and liability insurance ??? ;D :)
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2017, 11:20:44 PM »
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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2017, 01:27:00 AM »
My daughter has the goats in the family but they stay on her side of the creek.

Kbietz: I love the design but there seems to be something missing? Or is it just me?

I actually thought of a slightly more elaborate version of this design, using front and rear mounted pipes tied to one of the old riding mowers siting in the barn now- bought a zero-turn last summer, something I should have done years ago for the few acres we keep cut. As to the riding mower suspended down slope- I need a way of shortening or lengthening both front and back connectors the same amount without having to jump off the tractor every time. Ideas?

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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2017, 01:15:09 AM »
What about hooking multiple push mowers together with some hinge type brackets so they can move with the terrain. Modify them so they are rear discharge, get a worm drive type of hand powered winch and run it off a drill for extra speed also you have an easy forward and reverse. It will still take some time to mow it all depending on how much hill you have to mow and the speed of the drill. There are always used push mowers on Craigslist.
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2017, 08:42:54 PM »
Interesting idea but way more complex than I can use. Forgot to mention that the terrain around the dam and pond is uneven plus I have other areas on the farm that are too steep to cut normally. Oh, well, I'll keep looking- did find some relatively light side mount mowers that might work including one that has it's own electric start engine. Just need to secure it to something to pull it along. Good news is I have all winter to work on this. Bad news is the house we're building is taking up all my free time. If it's not one thing it's another- Rosanna Rosannadanna. Or maybe it was, It's always something.

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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2017, 11:07:31 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2017, 02:06:59 PM »
Have you considered one of those walk-behind, self propelled brush mowers? DR Field and Brush Mowers are one option. Not cheap, and I don't know a lot about the brand. I'm sure there are other brands out there (a lot of what DR Power sells seems to be clones of someone else's idea after their patent ran out).

One thing I do like about the DR Power Brush cutters is that they make attachments so you can swap out the brush cutter for other implements (snow plows, snow blowers, chippers, etc.) A nice idea if you happen to need any of those other functions.
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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2017, 04:54:12 PM »
There ya go, a Gravely with a sickle bar.

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Re: cutting weeds/grass on dam
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2017, 05:51:08 PM »
I saw one of these working on a ridiculously steep slope in Toronto a few years back.



Too much $$$ for me. I temporarily solved the problem by adding a 1/4" rope to a push mower and letting it roll down the slope, pull it up, move over and repeat. I permanently solved the problem by adding a flail mower on a quick tach to my Kubota excavator. That sucker will destroy grass and anything up to around 4" in diameter.
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« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2017, 06:40:01 PM »
That thing ought to be able to recognize grass and work all by itself. Return to shed for fuel or service. I want the one that recognizes multiflora and autumn olive and swings out a chainsaw neatly right above ground level  :D

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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2017, 09:21:39 PM »
I like the goat idea. :D :D :D :D
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2017, 10:01:13 PM »
bobcat makes an attachment for their "mini" excavators. If you can find one to rent thats probably best route.

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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2017, 11:17:28 PM »
We mow dam, embankments and road shoulders with a Kubota diesel zero turn.  We bought it for that purpose, it has a very low CG and has pretty wide set tires.  It will mow a much steeper embankment than my tractor.  It will slip sideways before it flips.
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2017, 12:47:49 AM »
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It will slip sideways before it flips.

Which could get interesting when there is a pond at the bottom of the slope. :D surfer-smiley
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